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Some different aircraft at Heathrow today

This morning was interesting for an hour or two.

The Met Office said the weather was going to be cloudy. We who take photographs call it by a different name: "rain"!

Still, there was a nice new Air Canada 787; C-FVLQ, followed by an unusual Swiss Air International very unusual visitor, a Boeing 777; HB-JNG. Finally there was a Lufthansa visitor that is causing a stir on other forums.

This was the A321 D-AISP and it is now painted in Lufthansa's new livery.

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Added by Kelvin Davies on February 10, 2018 at 14:45 — 2 Comments

Happy New Year

Best wishes to all for 2018. Let's hope for some good spotting weather in the year to come!

Added by Kelvin Davies on January 1, 2018 at 8:07 — 1 Comment

Russian ship in serious difficulty in the Solent

The Russian general cargo vessel, Mekhanik Yartsev, IMO 8904367 is in trouble off Lee on the Solent this evening. The ship was travelling to Warrenpoint when it developed a list. Photo on BBC shows the ship at angle of approx 30 deg.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-42483669/russian-cargo-ship-listing-considerably-in-the-solent

Although…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on December 26, 2017 at 20:11 — 3 Comments

Xmas Tree

Try this one: Select Playback in Planefinder. Set the time for today (13th December) @ 15:15 and search for flight AIB232E. This is an Airbus A380 test flight. Select the flight and look at the trail!

Added by Kelvin Davies on December 13, 2017 at 16:21 — No Comments

Parrot racing an A321

Want to see a parrot racing a British Airways A321?

See here: http://www.kelvindavies.co.uk/kelvin///details.php?image_id=24386

I was photographing the lane as my nephew was on it, coming in from Manchester,heading for JFK.

Added by Kelvin Davies on November 26, 2017 at 10:52 — 5 Comments

They come in flocks!

Yesterday, I snapped a couple of BA 787 departures. Nothing unusual there.

I later moved to catch the arriving traffic on 27R and the following happened:

12:57 Arrival of G-ZBKF

12:59 Arrival of G-ZBKK

13:03 Arrival of G-ZBJI

13:05 Arrival of G-ZBKP

13:07 Arrival of G-ZBKG

14:15 Arrival of G-ZBJG

Like a flock of London buses!

Added by Kelvin Davies on November 20, 2017 at 8:29 — No Comments

Biggest ship to visit Southampton

Today, the biggest ship ever to visit Southampton, Milan Maersk, arrived here. At 399m long, it is quite a whopper!

I was going to go and get a photo of it berthing but decided it was a long drive for just a single ship.

However, my mate Chas Betts caught it at Calshot and has posted some pics on my web site:

http://www.kelvindavies.co.uk/kelvin/details.php?image_id=24357…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on November 8, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

HMS Queen Elizabeth

The government announced recently that the RN's new carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, would be arriving in her home port of Portsmouth around 19th/20Th August.

I wonder? I have just spotted it on AIS south of Weymouth, pointed directly at the Isle of Wight and making 24 knots. It does claim to be heading for Rosyth but doesn't that seem silly? Travel all the way around the UK south and east coasts, then turn around and get back here for Saturday? Now pointing at Portland, according to…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on August 15, 2017 at 8:57 — 1 Comment

Oh dear!

It would seem CSCL Jupiter failed to make the turn in the River Schelde at Bath (Bath near Antwerp).

The ship, container ship 150,853grt was leaving Antwerp, failed to make the turn in the direction of Walsoorden and ran aground.

At the time I write, it is being assisted by no fewer than 10 tugs and it looks as though another is en route.

The track is available on Marine Traffic:…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on August 14, 2017 at 16:32 — No Comments

Richard's got a new plane!

Richard as in Branson, that is.

With no previous announcements, publicity etc, Virgin Atlantic have a new 787-9 en its way to Heathrow as I write.

The new aircraft, reg G-VBOW, Call sign GVSKP is currently mid-Atlantic on a delivery flight from the Boeing factory in Charleston. ETA is more or less around 12:00. Sneaky!

The good news is that the runway in use will be 27L so I won't be stood a mile away, looking for it on the "wrong" runway.

Also a couple of other…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 31, 2017 at 9:10 — No Comments

Heathrow Spotting

After what seemed a life time of bad weather, I decided yesterday would be a good time to go to Heathrow. Nice sunshine with a bit of cloud later on. Ideal!

Not only that, there was the prospect of 3 new aircraft. New enough that the paint was hardly dry on them.

Saudi Arabian had a new B777, HZ-AK41, delivered 21st March.

Qatar were sending a new A350, A7-ALN, delivered February.

Kuwait had a new B777, delivered 10th March scheduled too.

So, what…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 29, 2017 at 8:01 — 1 Comment

Air Canada's new livery

It came as a surprise to me at Heathrow yesterday to discover Air Canada has recently adopted a new livery.

Personally, I think it is an improvement over the current "wishy washy" duck egg blue (or whatever it is called!).

Get a sneak preview here:

http://www.kelvindavies.co.uk/kelvin/details.php?image_id=22983…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on March 10, 2017 at 9:56 — 1 Comment

One for Mick

It is rumoured that Emirates will be flying a brand new A384into Dublin on March 26th.

Apparently, A380 A6-EUQ will be flown direct from the factory at Finkenwerder to Dublin as part of some sort of flag waving trip. It is intersting to note this aircraft will be one of the first of the Emirates A380 with Rolls Royce engines.

Assume that being a publicity thing, it will be arriving at a nice hour and let's hope the sun shines on that day for you Mick!

Added by Kelvin Davies on March 5, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Experiment with night time photography

Yesterday, I had a bright idea; I thought I would try photographing aircraft at night.

So, I picked a location off the departure end of Heathrow's Rwy 27L.

I then checked on what sort of "heavy" aircraft would be departing and off I set. I had already accepted this was only an experiment so I shouldn't be disappointed if it didn't all go swimmingly.

After an hour, I decided to give up and go home. Reflecting afterwards on what went wrong I concluded I made a couple of…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on February 19, 2017 at 10:18 — 5 Comments

Liverpool 2 (Attn Howard)

In the news yesterday and today (Oh, and in the Liverpool Echo a week ago) is an article telling of a huge sinkhole suddenly opening up in the new dock (Liverpool 2).

According to the reports, a hole has appeared in the dock wall and has been sealed off.

A civil engineer Prof from Liverpool University has said he believes the construction did not use enough piles. And he warns that simply plugging the hole may cause further collapses.

Oh dear!…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on February 11, 2017 at 10:07 — 1 Comment

A320 Hijacked

Some minutes ago, an Air Afrique A320 was hijacked over Libya and flown to Malta.

Use Planefinder Playback for this morning to follow the flight. Set the playback time to 09:55 to see the aircraft squawking 7500 (hijack).

The aircraft is flight AW209, reg 5A-ONB

Added by Kelvin Davies on December 23, 2016 at 11:14 — 3 Comments

Stena Europe

As a result of the bad weather around the UK, the ferry from Rosslare (Ireland)  to Fishguard (Wales), Stena Europe has been stuck in the Irish Sea since leaving Rosslare yesterday.

The ferry left Rosslare at 09:00 yesterday and headed for Fishguard but when a few miles north of Fishguard they abandoned the approach to the port as they were unable to berth, due to the bad weather. So, off they went for a detour within Cardigan Bay, returning for a second attempt 3 hours later. From…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on November 22, 2016 at 9:43 — 3 Comments

Sad news from Malta

Earlier this morning a Metroliner took off from Luqa, Malta with 5 people aboard, heading for Musrata in Libya and crashed almost immediately after take off. All 5 persons on board are reported to have been killed.

Video here: https://www.facebook.com/lazz178.mt/...type=2&theater

Added by Kelvin Davies on October 24, 2016 at 9:21 — No Comments

Japanese warship in London

For anybody in the London area, the Japanese training destroyer Kashima is due in London tomorrow, 31st July.

Tower Bridge is opening at 13:00 to allow the vessel into London. She will be staying in London until Wednesday.

Seen here in Portsmouth in 2008: http://my.pinkfroot.com/photo/kashima-2

Added by Kelvin Davies on July 30, 2016 at 21:29 — No Comments

Luton Spotting

Well, yesterday (5th June), I thought I would give it a go. The weather forecast for Gatwick was showing cloud in the early part of the morning (shame really, as I had got out of bed at 04:45 for an early start). As a possible alternative, Heathrow's weather was marginally better but arrivals/departures were on Easterlies, not bad for arrivals but nothing doing for departures. There was a chance to catch a Finnair A350 (only seen 2 so far) and the Icelandair flight was to be a B767. Other…

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Added by Kelvin Davies on June 6, 2016 at 8:14 — 1 Comment

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